Sri Lanka batter Dinesh Chandimal has asked SLC and its technical committee for clarity about his future in the national team.
In a letter addressed to the head of the technical committee Aravinda de Silva, which also has several SLC officials copied, Chandimal asked for “an opportunity to meet with you and the respected committees to discuss my future, in playing cricket for Sri Lanka”. This letter comes in the wake of news that Angelo Mathews is considering retirement, and only months after Thisara Perera announced his own retirement…
Chandimal joined the anti IPl brigade years ago and that didn’t work.
He joined the army and started visiting temples for photo shoots but that also didn’t work.
Chandimal tried to kiss Arjuna’s backside but that didn’t work.
Nothing seems to be working for him to secure a place in the team without performing well on the field.
Current batting standard of Chandimal is appalling (for ODIs as well as T20 formats) as shown in the following Cricinfo Statguru records. He cannot simply hide these records and come up with a completely irrelevant theory of comparing the past records of our great cricketers with his poor records. He should not forget that in the past, batting standards such as SR levels required for batters were quite low and they were very much below the present required levels.
Chandimal’s current poor batting performance level is well proved in the following Cricinfo Statsguru Records which shows;.
Batting average = 29.4 (min expected 35/40 at least)
Strike rate = 75% (min expected 85/90% at least)
Percentage of 4s/6s = only 33% (min expected 45/50% at least)
He waists too many dot balls to settle down and not able to play a typical ODI or T20 inning.
So instead of trying to fool everybody (including the selectors) with this type of irrelevant theory he must first improve his batting technique and show some improvement in his performances before trying to win back his place in both ODI and T20 formats.
Unfortunately the ODI captaincy issue is not solved yet. First Shanka should show he deserves a place in the ODI team. He has failed miserably in the ODIs so far as indicated by selectors, first the captain should show he is in the team just not for captaincy. If Shanaka is there only as a captain then deposing Dimuth is entirely wrong.Shanaka has had two average knocks in England but not for a winning cause. People points out Shanaka won a series in Pak but it was a case where Pak welcomed Sri Lanka to play a series first ever there. Whether they were really competitive at the time is a moot point.This is the series shanaka should show his mettle & our problem is solved otherwise he should be disposed of soon because Kusal did a good job in England as Mickey said.
Further, the real reason to appoint Shanaka does not seem to be a cricket point of view but for the fact Kusal with some other players were strict on the contract issue whereas Shanaka has signed it soon.Because the day before the new appointment Mickey Arthur gave a glowing tribute to Kusal as a captain.Therefore appointing Shanaka is a political issue because selectors had already told earlier Shanaka should show first he deserves a place in the ODI team. Then now also the issue of whether he has enough support in the team. The selectors should really reassess all these after the Indian series.